And you know what? Now is a hell of a time to stay in for a career. Pay is up to a decent rate, an E-4 will make living wage, very comparable to the civilian side. Education benifits are as good as ever. Re-up bonus, man, let me tell you I did the dirty while deployed, I got duty station of choice and enough of a bonus to buy a new car cash. Promotions are quick, I see combat arms soldiers making E-5 in less than three years, usually closer to two.
I can’t comment on the well being of the services as a whole, but for the individual soldier, this is a great time to be in. Well, except that going to war and getting blown up part.[/quote]
Doc, you’re exactly right. People will always say: “You get out of the military what you put into it”. Alot, and I mean ALOT of guys in their early 20’s are getting out right now and that’s the wrong answer. I’m staying in because there’s never been more opportunity and freedom in terms of jobs, training, pay promotions, benefits and duty station availability.
I’m willing to bet I see some of these guys jumping ship right now in 3 0r 4 years because they wanted to come back. Just my way of thinking though. I’m up for reenlistment next month and you can bet I’m gonna play hardball when it comes time to re-up.